Tacos Behind the Orange Curtain

Although there aren’t many great taco places in Orange County, El Granjenal makes a damn good grilled fish taco, says Professor Salt. And hey, it’s Gustavo Arellano’s favorite. Don’t forget the salsa verde, and maybe a licuado.

For meats, El Toro Bravo is his go-to hole-in-the-wall tortilleria-taqueria. Their associated carneceria is across the street “The chile rojo kicks ass, as does the oniony carne asada, carnitas and pollo rostizado. The chicharron here are cubes of crunchy, crispy skin-on pork belly fried to a dark Crayola Brown. A combo plate of these is your ticket to a triple bypass, yet you’ll still be licking your chops in the ambulance on the way to the ER. Totally worth it when you’re in the mood for a really rich pork fat indulgence.” The house-made salsa roja and salsa fresca are awesome, but the straight-from-a-can salsa verde isn’t worth your time.

For fish tacos, SouthOCHound hears the ones at Los Cotijas are hard to beat.

Taqueria El Granjenal [South OC]
899 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa
949-645-4964
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Taqueria El Granjenal [South OC]
140 S. Grand Ave., Santa Ana
714-836-9300
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El Toro Bravo [South OC]
745 W. 19th St. #G, Costa Mesa
949-631-4464
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Los Cotijas Taco Shop [South OC]
642 E. 1st St., Tustin
714-832-7681
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Los Cotijas Taco Shop [Little Saigon]
11951 Euclid St., Garden Grove
714-636-3944
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